Dealing with global vaccine hesitancy – the case of Ukraine

The authors discuss COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Ukraine. Vaccine hesitancy around the world has contrarily affected the battle against the overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This issue isn’t restricted to explicit geographic districts or social orders on the planet; different people and societies have various reasons for vaccine hesitancy. Some of the reasons are […]

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Approaches to the amygdala by the medical and veterinary professions

Professor Terence Ryan discusses the range of stimuli which can be picked up by the forebrain and directed to the amygdala, suggesting how they might be used as therapeutic interventions by both the medical and veterinary professions.  The forebrain receives many stimuli which it passes on to the amygdala known as the emotional centre. It […]

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Unusual wounding influenced by the mind and demonstrating the power of the brain

Professor Terence Ryan discusses links between the amygdala and physical symptoms and signs such as psychogenic purpura. Medical students in 1950 at Oxford listened to Dr John Hunt talking about Indian Fakirs. The injury they could do to themselves without long term harm was fascinating. Since then this author has witnessed and photographed a sharp […]

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Alien physician

Khalid Shalaby discusses some of issues facing international medical graduates training in the US. Many thoughts were racing through my head as I was writhing in bed with a fever in March 2020. Internal medicine residents have been on the frontlines of America’s fight against the pandemic. I was among the afflicted with the deadly […]

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Fighting Predatory Journals in Africa: The Tale of a Young Moroccan Scientist

Khalid El Bairi discusses the problem of predatory journals, providing his personal experiences in challenging this issue in Africa. The open science movement has radically transformed access to research worldwide. Notably, the number of for-profit open access journals has increased dramatically during the last few years. In parallel, predatory open access issue arose as a recent trend […]

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The patient voice: a biased or valuable source of information?

Casper G. Schoemaker reflects upon a recent interaction which caused him to consider how we should think about the value of patient accounts of illness. The education department of our academic hospital is proud to be ‘patient-centered’. Consequently, a patient was invited as the first keynote speaker at a retreat for teachers and some students. […]

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